Will Levis

The Tennessee Titans got their quarterback of the future in Round 2 of the NFL Draft on Friday night, selecting Kentucky standout Will Levis. Many expected the team to select him in Round 1, but Titans GM Ran Carthon revealed why that didn’t happen.

Tennessee ended up going with Northwestern offensive lineman Peter Skoronski with the No. 11 pick. Skoronski was regarded by most as one of the most NFL-ready players in the draft, and a player that Carthon simply couldn’t pass on.

Carthon spoke to the media after the conclusion of Day 2 of the draft where he revealed that Levis would have “been in the conversation” if Skoranski wasn’t available at pick 11.

Instead, it took a trade-up with the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 33 pick to select Levis, which Carthon appears to be very happy about.

“Will’s ability to work, he is really bright, really smart,” Carthon said about Levis. “He puts a lot of the time in to be a good quarterback. So we appreciate his ability to pick up concepts and things quickly. He’s hard-wired and he’s tough. When we brought him here our coaches and scouting staff had good interactions with him.”

Levis probably isn’t thrilled that he fell so far. However, for the Titans it couldn’t have worked out better, getting a very talented offensive lineman in Skoranski followed by a promising quarterback in Levis with their first two picks.

It seems like initially Levis will not be handed anything. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel revealed that Levis will start as the team’s third-string quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill and Malik Willis as they head into OTAs starting next month.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.